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12 April 2021

New Study: Relaunching transport and tourism in the EU after COVID-19

This briefing provides the European Parliament’s Committee on Transport and Tourism (TRAN) with an overview of the repercussions of the COVID-19 pandemic on the EU transport and tourism sectors and policy recommendations to address the challenges emerging from the crisis. This overview briefing will be followed by 5 thematic briefings, focusing on specific issues relating to transport/tourism and COVID-19.

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30 March 2021

Integrating urban nodes in the Baltic Sea Region into the TEN-T

New BSR Access key point paper on the interoperability of urban nodes

Urban nodes are highly discussed for future policy of the Trans-European Transport Network (TEN-T) and along the core network corridors.

A new key point paper of the BSR Access project platform presents policy recommendations for the integration of urban nodes in the Baltic Sea Region into the TEN-T. It addresses policy makers at the European, national, regional and local level.

BSR Access has investigated urban nodes in the Baltic Sea Region to identify challenges associated with their role as interface between urban transport and trans-European transport. Based on the results from interviews and a stakeholder webinar, BSR Access has developed a key point paper that presents policy recommendations for the integration of urban nodes in the Baltic Sea Region into the TEN-T network considering all relevant policy levels. The paper includes all urban nodes in the BSR as defined by Annex II of the Regulation (EU) No 1315/2013 including Oslo and St Petersburg.

For future TEN-T policy, urban nodes require a further developed definition which helps to focus on the interaction between the urban transport network and the European transport network. The definition of urban nodes shall respond to dynamic developments of TEN-T access points within urban nodes such as market developments, innovations and political and global challenges such as climate change. Urban nodes are functional areas that interconnect long distance, regional and local traffic, both for freight and passengers including first and last mile connections.

BSR Access recommends defining urban nodes as follows:

“An urban node is a functional area where long distance, regional and local traffic is interconnected. It provides access from and to the trans-European network, for both freight and passengers including first and last mile connections. 

An urban node consists of:

  • transport infrastructure in the urban node being part of the TEN-T network or being functionally linked, including bypasses that increase the performance of the TEN-T network,
  • access points to the TEN-T network like multimodal railway stations, multimodal terminals, ports or airports irrespective of the fact, whether they are included in the TEN-T network or not, provided that they are relevant for the interaction of the urban node with the TEN-T network,
  • first and last mile connections to these access points.”

Urban nodes are facing a growing need in terms of transport infrastructure investments to address current and future mobility needs and to implement mobility transition. Therefore, it seems to be essential to further develop and use smart financing schemes that correspond to societal needs for a balanced and sustainable transport development and involve innovative financing instruments, combining public finance, loans and guarantees.

The Baltic Sea Region can serve as a platform that connects urban nodes and enhances collaboration with respect to integrated urban node planning and financing.

The paper was developed by the Joint Spatial Planning Department Berlin-Brandenburg.

BSR Access combines competences and geographies of the involved projects and organisations into one cooperation platform tackling transport interoperability and regional development.

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17 March 2021

Commission welcomes agreement on the Connecting Europe Facility to fund greener, more sustainable transport and energy networks, and digitalisation

The European Commission welcomes the agreement reached by the European Parliament and the Council on the Connecting Europe Facility (CEF) proposal, worth €33.7 billion, as part of the next long-term EU budget 2021-2027.

The Connecting Europe Facility programme supports investment in Europe's transport, energy and digital infrastructure networks. It will support the twin green and digital transition, by contributing to the ambitious targets for the European Green Deal and the Digital Decade.

It will support the goals of the Smart and Sustainable Mobility Strategy laying the foundation for how the EU transport system can achieve its green and digital transformation and become more resilient to future crises. As outlined in the European Green Deal, the result will be a 90% cut in emissions by 2050, delivered by a smart, competitive, safe, accessible and affordable transport system. It will also prioritise environmentally friendly modes such as rail and the development of charging points for vehicles using alternative fuels.

By further integrating an efficient and competitive internal energy market, enhancing interoperability of networks across borders as well as facilitating decarbonisation and cross-border energy cooperation, the Connecting Europe Facility will help to reach our ambitious climate and energy targets. It will underpin the priorities of the revised TEN-E policy framework as proposed by the Commission at the end of last year with targeted financial support for key infrastructure projects that link EU energy systems.

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09 March 2021

Report on EU-wide alternative fuels infrastructure deployment – increased level of ambition, but still no comprehensive and complete network across EU

On 8 March 2021, the European Commission published a report to the European Parliament and the Council on the application of Directive 2014/94/EU on the deployment of alternative fuels infrastructure (AFID). The report is accompanied by a Staff Working Document on the Detailed Assessment of the Member States Implementation Reports on the National Policy Frameworks for the development of the market as regards alternative fuels in the transport sector and the deployment of the relevant infrastructure.

This report presents the results of the assessment of action taken by Member States in the implementation of the AFID and the development of markets for alternative fuels and alternative fuels infrastructure in the Union. The Commission has made an in-depth assessment of the national implementation reports as received from the Member States under this Directive. The Commission has also carried out an external support study in the context of the ongoing evaluation of that Directive. Moreover, the Commission has updated its report on the state of art on alternative fuels transport systems in the EU . These assessments are published alongside this report.

The analysis shows the importance of the AFID in triggering the development of policies and measures for roll-out of alternative fuels infrastructure in Member States, by transposing the Directive into National Policy Frameworks (NPFs). With differences across Member States, those policy frameworks have started to help building a long-term forward-looking perspective on infrastructure for electricity, natural gas and hydrogen until 2030.

The Directive has had a positive impact on the uptake of alternatively fuelled vehicles and their infrastructure. The Commission’s services analysis shows that the markets would have been less developed in a scenario without the Directive. However, the shortcomings of the current policy framework are also clearly visible: as there is no detailed and binding methodology for Member States to calculate targets and adopt measures, the level of ambition in target setting and supporting policies in place varies greatly between Member States. For example, the share projected by Member States for electric cars in the total car fleet for 2030 varies between less than 1% and more than 40%. The corresponding infrastructure targets reflect the different level of ambition, meaning that the planned deployment of infrastructure varies greatly between Member States.

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05 March 2021

New results in InterGreen Nodes in the Transnational Summary Report on Regional Needs for Implementing Green Solutions

We are pleased to announce further progress in InterGreen-Nodes!

The work package WP2 deals with the spatial issues of nodes and deals, among other things, with the spatial planning part of the integration of a green last mile.
By means of questionnaire actions, the regional preconditions of greening nodes in the partner regions were analysed in terms of spatial planning, transport infrastructure and use of renewable energies as well as spatial needs and challenges within the nodes.
The results of the analysis of regional spatial preconditions and spatial needs were combined in a transnational summary report on spatial/regional needs for the implementation of green solutions. They are the basis for the development of the planned regional action plans, which will be finalised this summer.

Read the report here: Joint Report

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